Useful Information

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If you’re looking for housing information, you’ve come to the right place. Make sure to check out our helpful guides on what to bring and where to shop and eat!

Freshman Housing Guide

Every year North by Northwestern, NU’s independent online publication, publishes a freshman housing guide. While we all think CCI is the best dorm to live in, it is important to find the right dorm for you. Be sure to check it out here if you haven’t.

Mailing things to the Dorm

You cannot mail things to the dorm until the first week of September. The mail system is normally pretty busy during this time, so packages might take an extra day to get. Check University Residential Life for more information on mailing or shipping items to the dorm.

Moving in

All new students will be moving in Thursday, September 20th, 2012 between 9am-4pm. When you sign your housing contract in July, you will be asked to pick a unloading time, and you will be mailed or can print a permit. CCI’s parking lot is right behind the dorm, so there should be no problem finding a parking space. During move-in, PAs, a group of volunteers, and the exec board members will be helping you move in. You can check out incoming student resources for more information.

Meal Plan

Northwestern has recently changed meal plans to provide fairer options across the different plans. nuCusine lists the different meal plans on their website. Freshmen are restricted from being on a block plan, and can choose from 13 meals per week, 14 meals per week, or an unlimited plan.

Wildcat Welcome

Wildcat Welcome is Northwestern’s week-long orientation program. It is filled with social activities like “Rock the Beach” and a trip to Six Flags Great America. It also features college transition programs called Essential NU’s. For Wildcat Welcome, you will be assigned to a peer adviser (PA), and a group based on your school. Your peer adviser should contact you over the summer with the information. Every Northwestern student who you talk to will tell you that Wildcat Welcome is one of the best weeks you could have at Northwestern, so be sure not to miss out!

Office of Residential Academic Initiatives

From their website: “As a partnership between the Division of Student Affairs and the Office of the Provost, the Office of Residential Academic Initiatives (ORAI) fosters a seamless undergraduate experience for students who live on campus. Along with stewardship of the residential college system and cultivation of the newer residential community model, ORAI is responsible for campus-wide initiatives that provide faculty engagement, academic programming, and academic support in all residential spaces, including traditional residence halls.”

Residential College Board

“RCB full board serves as an advisory body for the residential colleges here at Northwestern University. Our membership is composed of the presidents of the eleven residential colleges and seven executive officers. The president presides over the board and coordinates long-term planning. Each of the six vice presidents specializes in an area specifically relevant to the residential college community: academic affairs, financial affairs, inter-college relations, philanthropic affairs, public relations, and social affairs.”